Reveling on the Riviera
February 12, 2009
Bonjour French Property Insider Subscriber,
Since last week’s FPI, I had the good fortune of visiting the Côte d’Azur, one of my favorite spots on the planet. First there was a visit to the extraordinary Institut de Français, a 40-year old language learning institution that virtually guarantees to have you speaking fluent French with their fool-proof immersion program. Read all about it in today’s issue and if you attend, be sure to tell Fréderic, the Director, we sent you — in French if you can!
After two days at the Institut, I stayed on a couple of days in the little ancient village of Villefranche-sur-Mer in a lovely studio overlooking the sea. It is owned by an American woman who has developed a collection of great rental properties there, making Villefranche her adopted home. We should all take advantage of her luxury accommodations, offered with real affection for her guests and their enjoyment. Don’t miss the tale of discovery of Villefranche and neighboring sites.
Nice has been on my list for a long time as a perfect place in France to own a "pied-à-terre" that will rent when I’m not there enjoying the city. With prices about half of Paris property per meter rates and rents almost as high, return on investment can be very lucrative, if not down-right pleasurable.
So, today we concentrate on the benefits of the chic Côte d’Azur where you can hobnob with the rich and famous or hang out on the beaches and get a tan…all while luxuriating in your own apartment or villa by the sea or in the hill towns of Provence.
Sound delightful? Yep. Nice is nice.
Editor, French Property Insider
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Volume VII, Issue 7, February 12, 2009
In this issue:
* A Visit to the Riviera
* Irresistibly Frivolously Nice
* Time Running out To Save Hundreds of Dollars
* Provençal Lifestyle at the Corps
* The Latest Fractional Property Offerings
* Lifestyle: Of Masquerades and Citrons
* Discover 2009′s Most Expensive Real Estate Markets
* How the US Dollar is Doing: Currency Update from Moneycorp
* Which Destinations Prove Profitable Property Investments?
* Preview the Next Notaires’ Auction
* A Perspective on Exchange Rates and French Property
* Hot Property Picks: Revealing Riveting Riviera
* How You Can Obtain a Mortgage in France
* Parler Paris Apartments: Les Portes de Notre Dame
* Additional Conferences in the Works
* Parler Paris Après-Midi: When and Where We Meet Next
* Managing Your FPI Subscription
* Subscribers Receive Discount on Insider Paris Guides
Reprinted from Parler Paris
February 11, 2009
After two nights in the top corner room of the Hotel Welcome in Villefranche-sur-Mer with a balcony on each side and a view on the water, we trekked our suitcases down the seafront road to the very end of the ancient village to an apartment just next to the beach appropriately named "Beachfront Bliss."
It’s one of Seattle-raised Shelley Dobyn Benton’s Villefranche-sur-Mer luxury apartments I’d been wanting to experience for a long time. Shelley has acquired six properties in the tiny resort town just a few kilometers east of Nice offered for vacation rental under the name of "Riviera Experience," this one being her latest and perhaps in the best location with a view on the ocean that will put you in the right mood from the dawn to dusk.
Shelley is to be admired — an American woman building her little real estate "empire" on her own in a
small, but important domain, taking e
xtreme care to furnish and equip each apartment to as high a standard as possible, all the while ensuring her guests have everything they could need or desire, including recommendations on where to eat and what to see.
After showing us around the apartment, Shelley sent us off on an excursion to neighboring sites that kept us fully absorbed till evening. First we headed east to Beaulieu-sur-Mer to visit a French Riviera seaside Palazzo named "Kerylos," meaning "kingfisher" — a luxurious re-creation of an Ancient Greek Villa by an aficionado of Greece from Frankfurt, Théodore Reinach, completed in 1908. An audio guided tour takes you through the sumptuous rooms decorated in authentic Greek style using mosaic tiles, lemon wood furniture, silk fabrics and marble bas relief.
The Greek Villa is not far from our next stop at Rothschild’s famous Villa Ephrussi on the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula. (In fact, Madame Reinach was a cousin of Baron Maurice Ephrussi.) We toured the house and it’s nine wonderful gardens, most impressive of which is the "Jardin Exotique," or cactus garden.
In coordination with symphonies by Strauss and Beethoven played over loudspeakers throughout the grounds, the water fountains danced and the sun shown brightly on the stunning mansion designed and appointed by Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild — her principal residence until her death in 1934 at the age of 75. At the Salon de Thé overlooking the sea, we lunched and basked in the sunlight of the Riviera.
From the sea we then headed to the hills to see the tiny villages perched high on the rocky hillsides. The Old Village of Eze is seductive as the tiny red-bricked paths lead you to the top through the stone houses, while you shop in the many little artisans’ boutiques.
And not far along a winding road is La Turbie ("turbia," Latin for "trophy"), famous in Roman times for the huge monument that Augustus made to celebrate his victory over the Ligurian tribes of the area. Parts of it still stand looming over the stunning little village.
Collapsing after a full day in Provence, we took in a simple meal at a seaside restaurant in Villefranche to begin again Monday, this time heading further east all the way into Italy. The first stop there was in Ventimiglia (French: Vintimille) in Liguria.
When you cross the border from France into Italy, the difference is acute. No longer are the roads pristinely perfect, the houses so well kept and manicured and even the way the land is terraced is completely different. We switched our tongues to Italian and relished in the fact that we had so easily moved into another country, another culture, all in a matter of minutes.
The open air food market there is famous and vast, but only held on Fridays, so long gone on a Monday morning. Instead, we ventured up to Alta Ventimiglia, the ancient town at the height of the city, overlooking the seaside below. Winding our way up we got lost on roads no wider than the car that ended at nothing with the sea directly below us, until we could find a way to turn around and wind our way back down…slowly. At a seaside "trattoria" we ate pasta and "caprese" salad.
For a final evening we chose to take in a bit more of Nice, where the city is preparing for the annual Carnival beginning this Friday, February 13th running through March 1st. "La Petite Maison" in Vieux Nice is the celebrity restaurant where Nicolas Sarkozy likes to dine — and where we had a memorable meal with Fréderic Latty, the Director of the Institut de Français. I noticed an apartment for sale over its dark green awning and dreamed of taking in its aromas from above!
Another less-touristed spot in Old Nice worth a detour (a small one as it’s dead center!) is La Merenda, more "Nicois" than Nice itself — seating barely 20 on stools with a menu of only a few items, different each day at one-fifth the price of La Petite Maison. (You’ll find it 4 rue Raoul Bosio, formerly rue Terrasse, only open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner — no credit cards accepted and there’s no phone, so don’t bother calling!)
The high winds on Tuesday morning closed the Paris airports till late in the morning, but Air France was able to follow through, landing just in time for yesterday’s Parler Paris Après Midi. Read all about who was there and what we talked about at Parler Paris Après Midi.
I’ve had a ‘hankering’ for Nice ever since the first time I stepped foot on it’s pebbly shores in 1979. And that dumb old saying just plays in my head: "Nice is Nice" — because it’s true.
Answers.com writes: "Nice is irresistibly frivolous, like a dotty and unexpectedly girlish old lady. From the crisp meringue of the Belle Époque hotels on the Promenade des Anglais, to the candy-colored buildings along the Cours Saleya, it is a thoroughly delicious city."
I couldn’t agree more for more reasons than that.
Let’s look at all the advantages…there are so many!
Climate: Temperatures are mild most of the year. It rains mostly winter months, and the summers are hot and dry. Springtime can be windy, but winters can be warm in the day, cool in the evening, with lows of well above f
ezing. Snowfall is so rare, that it makes front page news. And "le soleil" is a fact of life, most days of the year.
Location: On the sea, near the Italian border, it is the leading resort of the French Riviera. Ferries take you easily to Corsica and other ports on the Mediterranean and the airport is international with flights arriving from all over the world. The TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) is proposed to extend the high speed service all the way to Nice reducing the train time from 5.5 hours to four.
Architecture: Belle Epoque and Baroque-influenced houses in a bouquet of pastel colors, with wrought-iron balconies, "trompe l’oeil" frescos and climbing, flowering wall-covering vines, makes for eye candy at every turn.
Economics: Tourists abound, as well for its main industry, not to omit the electronics and manufacturing industries, commercial shipping and fishing contribute to a vibrant society. It’s a haven for retirees, naturally, but that doesn’t keep the young from feeling at home.
History: Traces of man date back 400,000 years in the area, but Nice is thought to have been settled by the Greeks of Massilia. It’s long arm of history includes influence from the Romans, the French, of course, and the Barbary pirates.
Cuisine: It is said that "cuisine Niçoise" is the "cuisine du pauvre" (the cuisine of Nice is the cuisine of the poor). But with all the rich and famous who have poured into the city and environs, food lovers with good taste are discovering its delicacy and complexity, its unpretentious Italian roots based in olive oil fresh herbs, seafoods and of course, garlic. Wine lovers, too, can revel in the rosés of Provence, but experts are touting the region’s best wines are spicy, full flavored reds.
Events: The annual Carnival of Nice is the height of the festival season, but nearby Cannes hosts the Film Festival and Menton celebrates with their annual "Fête de Citron." There are music festivals and garden festivals, marathons and races…something for everyone all throughout the year.
Landscape: It’s a typical Mediterranean landscape with broad-leafed evergreens, palms, eucalyptus and citrus fruit trees. From the sea to the mountains, there are breathtaking views and lush areas of vegetation, with ski-worthy slopes just 90 minutes from Nice.
Tourism: Nice is the second most popular French city after Paris, and has the second busiest airport in France. There are two conference centers, several business parks and commercial centers.
Sights: There’s no shortage of things to do and see in Nice. Take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, shop in the market along the Cours Saleya, visit the Monument Aux Morts, the Saint Nicolas Cathedral or just enjoy a gelati in the Place du Palais.
Culture: Nice is one of the oldest settlements in the world, and even from the second century A.D., the light has attracted many celebrity artists such as Chagall, Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle and Matisse. Museums abound: Musée Chagall, Musée Matisse, Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret, Museum of Naïve arts, Musée Terra-Amata, Museum of Asian Art, Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art, Museum of Natural History, Musée Masséna, Naval Museum and Galerie des Ponchettes.
Language: The local language, Niçard (Nissart), is still spoken by a substantial minority, and you’ll hear Italian, Corsican and other Provençal dialects.
Investment: Here’s where one can really enjoy the luxuries of the Côte d’Azur…where ownership of a property in Nice or its environs can really pay off. Apartments in Nice are rentable virtually year ’round…just as in Paris…for all the above reasons. Property prices are about half of Paris prices, but rents can command close to the same weekly rates! That means a solid return on investment, not to mention tremendous pleasure from having your own free time on the Côte d’Azur.
Note: Recommended areas of the city for rentability and best returns include Vieux Nice, Nice Port, Nice Centre and the Promenade des Anglais.
Editor’s Note: For more information about purchasing and renting a property in Nice and environs, contact Adrian at [email protected]
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Excerpt From Parler Paris
February 9, 2009
Friday morning I landed in an unusually wet and rainy Côte d’Azur…partly to satisfy my curiosity about that famous school on the hill in the chic little ancient village of Villefranche sur Mer I’d heard so much about…and partly to take in a few days of R and R in the spirit of the Riviera with a Capital R.
It’s been a dream for many years to have a pied-à-terre in Nice or its environs and with each visit, I’m drawn closer to the Provençal lifestyle that affords a blend of both Italy and France in color, cuisine and culture. Nice is ‘nice,’ as they say and all that surrounds it is part of the weekend’s discovery…or at least a small taste is all that will be achieved in four fast days.
The first leg of the trip’s agenda was to get a glimpse at the "Institut de Français," the 40 year-old language learning institution that so many of my friends and readers have raved about for years I’d only known by its reputation. They had ALL come home with a higher level of French and an experience they had an enthusiastic, but hard time fully expressing…
Editor’s Note: Read the full article at http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/issues/pparis9-2-09.html.
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There are two well known festival that occur from the middle of February to the first part of March. Since our focus today is in the region, we decided to add some more lifestyle information for your enjoyment.
Le Carnaval de Nice begins tomorrow, February 13, 2009 and runs until the March 1. Nice Carnival, the self-proclaimed most important event on the French Riviera, for its 125th edition will be themed "King of Masquerades".
The theme evokes the art of concealment in every sense: wearing a mask, changing one’s appearance, staging, in short the art of deception. From a simple disguise to plastic surgery. Carnival is no longer the only realm of
fancy dress and
device in all its forms, represented in a modern and outrageous fantasy.
The second big festival on the Riviera is La Fête du Citron, taking place in Menton February 13 to March 4. This a multicolored festival under the sun honoring, of course, the lemon. The town comes alive on Sunday mornings, when coaches and cars dance through the streets, an endless farandole of people swaying down the alleyways to the sea. Laughter and joy shine from happy faces everywhere.
Global Property Guide
No surprise – Monte Carlo is No 1 in the Global Property Guide’s list of World’s Most Expensive Residential Real Estate Markets 2009, more than twice as expensive, at US$45,000 per square meter, as the runner up.
Battling for the number 2 position are prime central Moscow and London. Prime central Moscow’s US$20,853 per square meter price tag slightly outpaces core Prime London’s US$20,756 per square meter, though it is fairer to say the two cities are neck-and-neck.
London residential property prices have fallen for much of 2008, while Moscow property price declines only started in the last quarter, allowing Moscow to catch up with London. Both countries have experienced strong currency declines.
Tokyo and Hong Kong come in fourth and fifth, respectively.
New York, the only US city included in the survey , is 6th, with an average price of US$15,000 per square meter.
Completing the top ten most expensive real estate markets are two European cities (Paris at 7th and Rome at 9th) and two other Asian cities (Singapore at 8th and Mumbai at 10th). Average prices range from US$9,000 per sq. meter to US$12,000 per sq. meter.
The figures are based on the average price of a 120 sq. meter., good- condition high-end used apartment in the city centers of more than 110 cities around the world, typically the economic centers where most foreigners are likely to buy. Data were collected during 2008. The US dollar exchange rate used is that of January 27, 2009…
Most expensive property markets
(based on 120 sq. meter apartment in city-centre )
|RANK||COUNTRY||CITY/REGION||AVE PRICE (US$/sq. meter)|
|5||Hong Kong||Hong Kong||16,125|
Source: Global Property Guide
Editor’s Note: Read the full article at www.globalpropertyguide.com/press-relations/Most-expensive- real-estate-markets-in-2009.
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The Press and Journal
Property markets across the globe have been affected by the current economic climate, which has caused much debate as to which destinations will be profitable this year. John Howell, a senior partner with the International Law Partnership LLP, gives his predictions for the year
THE economic downturn has caused much controversy regarding which destinations will prove profitable property investments for 2009 and expert opinion on this topic varies.
Values fluctuate but, over any sensible timeframe, property can perform very well in terms of capital growth and income generation.
According to The International Law Partnership, the top 10 property investments for 2009 are not limited to destinations, they include a smarter way of thinking and can be grouped in four main ways:
Timeless destinations which will always hold their cache. Reduced-price stock in quality destinations. Alternative methods of investing in property, such as repossessions. Distressed sales and investment in developers and the more adventurous property investment destination.
These destinations and investments are:
For several years, Paris was voted the best risk-adjusted investment location in the Prcewaterhouse Coopers Urban Land Institute Survey. Additionally, it is the most visited city in the world and is very well placed to suffer less from the current recession than most other countries. In Paris, location is everything and the performance of an investment will vary from street to street…
Editor’s Note: Read the full article at www.pressandjournal.co.uk
John Howell is perhaps the industry’s most high profile specialist in international property law and writes for a number of consumer and trade publications. John and his wife Janie have been partners in our Living and Investing in French Property real estate conferences for several years. John will be speaking at our upcoming conference in New Orleans March 21-22, 2009.
Notaires de Paris
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Additional information on Les Ventes aux Enchères des Notaires can be found on the Web site at www.encheres-
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To read Schuyler Hoffman’s article about the property auctions in Paris, click on:
March 3, 2009
Beginning at 2:00 p.m. the following properties will be auctioned off:
3 Rooms 93m² 107 rue La Fayette – 75010 – PARIS
Starting Bid: 294 800 €
Deposit: 58 960 €
2 Rooms 58,77m² 74 rue notre Dame des Champs 75006 – PARIS
Starting Bid: 459 000 €
Deposit: 91 800 €
CHATEAU 600m² Lieudit Le Village – 89300 – LOOZE
Starting Bid: 429 000 €
Deposit: 85 800 €
Next Auction 3 March, 2009 (There are also some commercial properties up for auction this go round. If interested, please visit the Web site.)
One of the key factors playing on the minds of those people wanting to buy a home in France is the volatility of the EURO/Sterling exchange rate. However, the example of a client that I saw out here in the Charente recently summed up for me the fact that in many ways, there has never actually been a better time to buy your dream home in
The client in question was looking for a 3-bed holiday-home with character for under £100,000. They began their search over 2 years ago
with no luck, as the properties they were being shown were just not in a
good enough state to use straight away. Frustrated, they came back to
France a few weeks ago for one last look, very much with the mentality
that they had little chance of finding anything, especially due to the fact
that the exchange rate was now sitting at about 1.10. And how wrong
Within the space of a day they had found exactly what they were
looking for, and it has only cost them £88,000! The reason for this is
Editor’s Note: Read the full article at www.vefuk.com
Each week French Property Insider features a range of properties which we believe are on the market at the time of writing. These properties are featured in order to give readers a sample of what is currently available and a working example of prices being asked in various regions of France and districts of Paris.
As we are not a real estate agency. These properties do not constitute a sales listing. For those readers seriously interested in finding property in Paris or France, you can retain our services to do the whole thing for you. For more information, visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/consultation
This week our focus is on the French Riviera, including four neighborhoods of Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer.
***Villefranche-sur-Mer: 3-Bedroom, approx. 30m²
Located in the village center, this three bedroom apartment was recently renovated. On the fourth floor in a six floor building, it consists of a separate kitchen, living room, bathroom and separate toilet, basement storage, and two balconies with views to the ocean. Each bedroom has its own closet.
Asking Price: 320 000€ + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
***Nice, Centre ville: 2-Bedroom, approx. 50m²
Located in the village center, this two bedroom apartment is near rue d’Italie. On the second floor in a "maison niçoise," it consists of an entry hall, American kitchen, living room, bedroom and a bedroom with a mezzanine, and bathroom and separate toilet. The apartment has high ceili
ng throughout and the possibility of two parki
Asking Price: 165 000€ + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
***Nice, Port: 2-bedroom, approx. 55m²
Located in the center of the historic quarter of the Port, a very desirable location. This is a magnificent, newly renovated apartment with a large living room, two bedrooms, bath and toilet, and kitchen. In a quiet and calm neighborhood with everything you need nearby.
Asking Price: 207 500€ + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
***Nice, Promenade des Anglais: 2-bedroom, approx. 80m²
A very pleasant apartment with a terrace and excellent view of the
ocean. On the sixth floor. The apartment consists of a living room
(opening onto the terrace), separate kitchen, two large bedrooms,
separate bathroom and toilet, closets and basement storage.
Asking Price: 395 000€ + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
***Nice, Vieux Nice: 1-bedroom, approx. 63m²
Located in a quiet part of Old Nice in a wonderful old building. Large enough that a second bedroom could be created. Exposed ceiling beams and tile flooring add to the charm. The living room is nicely sized with lots of light. The apartment is on the third floor with no elevator. Would make an ideal pied-à-terre.
Asking Price: 169 000€ + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
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SPOTLIGHT APARTMENT: Les Portes de Notre Dame
Rue des Trois Portes, 5th Arrondissement
Latin Quarter — Two Steps from Notre Dame
One-Bedroom Apartment, Duplex
Sleeps up to 4, Two on Each Level
Les Portes de Notre Dame is a charming and spacious one-bedroom duplex apartment centrally located just one block from the Seine and only a few steps from the cathedral of Notre Dame.
Another one block away to the west is the oldest church in Paris, Saint- Julien-le-Pauvre, which marks the beginning of the busy pedestrian streets of the Latin Quarter. The city’s oldest tree is in the park adjacent to the church. Two blocks southwest is the legendary intersection of the Boulevard St. Michel with the Boulevard St. Germain.
e="Verdana">The apartment is located on the rue des Trois Portes, a street which dates to 1202. Surprisingly, there is very little vehicular or pedestrian traffic on the street itself, making the apartment remarkably quiet. Located on the second and third floors (European, with elevator) of a traditional 17th-century building, the apartment is bright, looking south to the picturesque corner of the rues LaGrange and Dante…
For more information and to reserve your stay in Paris now, visit www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/apartments/rentals/portesdenotredame.html or email: [email protected]/parlerparis
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